The Great Stories

This quote from the Two Towers has resonated with me a lot lately.  This has been an incredibly difficult summer for me, but also the most rewarding summer of my life.  The summer started out with everything possible going wrong in terms of work, relationships, friendships, school, you name it, it all fell down at once.  But I learned an incredible amount from this time in my life.

Throughout the summer grace has showed up for me when I least expected it.  Whether it was forgiveness I received that was 4 years in the making, or an unexpected meeting that completely surprised me and took my life in a different direction when I least expected it.  In any case, the quote below always resonates with me and gives me hope during times of difficulty.

“I know. It’s all wrong.  By rights we shouldn’t even be here.  But we are.  It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo.  The ones that really mattered.   Full of darkness and danger, they were.  And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end.

Because how could the end be happy?

How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened?

But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow.  Even darkness must pass.  A new day will come.  And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.  Those were the stories that stayed with you.  That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why.  But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now.  Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t.  They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.”

“What, Sam?”

“That there’s some good left in this world, Mr. Frodo….and it’s worth fighting for.”

–Samwise Gamgee, Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers

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